How to Get Scholarship For Your University Studies?

When having chats with students, we will always come across this question: “So got scholarship or not?” It’s pretty common because tertiary education will cost a bomb and burned pockets with dragon fire.  Is financial aid so hard to obtain? Here is a step-by-step guide on securing financial aid for your uni studies.

1) Finding programmes that interest you

A lot of students come in with their SPM/O-Level result with large question marks hanging over their heads? “I have no idea what I should be studying.” Once again, you are not alone.

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Often, our first question to students is “What are you interested in?” We try to gauge the strength and passion of students. Things like Wwhat do you enjoy most during your school days? What would you like to be in the future? A lot of student just laugh when asked: “What is your ambition?” Trust me, it’s a valid question and we have been writing essays concerning that topic since we are in primary school.

In short, try pick a career path to pursue. There are financial aids that are offered by corporations that focused on speciality.  Scholarships like Genting Sanyen and Samling Scholarships preferred students which are interested in engineering, IT or Arts discipline.

2) Visit Online Portals









We have always encourage students to utilise the power of Google (and other search engines) when it comes to finding scholarships and loans. A horde of scholarship websites and portal can be found on the web. Websites such as, and are great places to start with.

3) Research!









Tertiary education will introduce you to the world of research and you can start practicing with scholarships. From the previous step, you will find out that there are SO MANY choices available. Which one to go for? Filter them out. Who are they for? Is it for undergraduate or postgraduate? What results are they looking for?

4) Terms and Conditions Apply











Ahh. That term after every ads. Yes, make sure that all terms and condition for financial aid are understood. Will you be bonded to the company? When will you need to start paying back?

5) College and University Offers










Most of the time, colleges and universities offer their own funding to student. If you explore around their websites, you will find the “Scholarship and Funding” tab which will let you to the partial scholarships, funding and award available. If you are studying abroad, most international universities have special offers for international students. Hence, check the international websites to get to know more about funding available.

Once again, research on the requirements and qualifications.

6) Why should I give it to you?










Here is the part where you need to be a stand-out candidate to get the scholarships. Most funding are competitive. Therefore, putting together a rocking CV highlighting your achievements and results are great advice. Showcase yourself. Market yourself.

7) Ask (tons of) Questions

Always inquire. If it comes to interviews, the Q&A session goes both ways. Throw back questions to interviewers. It is not a one-way communication session. Remember step 4.  All scholarships’ terms and conditions need clarifications if you don’t understand them.

8) Choices, choices.










Sometimes, you might have lots of choices to choose from. Cliche: Choose what’s best for you. See what suits your needs the best, and not just the present but the future as well. Ask questions like: Do you want to be bonded to the company for the next five years after graduation? Pros and cons?  Evaluate them.

9) This Is My Last Resort










Papa Roach sings it best. If they are fewer options left, go for loans. PTPTN is the most common one. To be fair, the offer’s attractive with only 1% interest. However, don’t get too hasty when applying. Think about how you are going to pay after graduation.

10) Don’t Give Up


Ok, you might be under qualified to obtain a scholarship now. However, should you perform well throughout your uni studies, you might get awarded! Make this as your  motivation.

Also, some corporations prefer to award students during (NOT before starting) studies. They wait and evaluate your progress. So, bottom line: Don’t give up!


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Arm Yourself With The Right Education

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

-Nelson Mandela

We strongly agree with the famous quote and as such we would like to further bolster the concept. Hence, we are organising a mass information and application day in our state-of-the-art Education Hub at Kuching.
















As your one-stop education information centre, we will be providing the following services:

  • Education Course and Career Counselling
  • University Course Options
  • University/College Applications
  • Advice on Accommodation Selection and Visa Application


Our counsellors are keen to provide appropriate advice, options and personal experience about studying abroad. With the facilities of the GEN Education Hub, we are fully armed (pardon the pun) to provide the latest information about studying both locally and internationally.















So do drop by at GEN Education Hub at Kuching and equip yourself with the correct knowledge about education.

Events in March

March will be a busy month for us. The upcoming UK Education Fair by the British Council is imperatively marked in our calendar. Once again, GEN will be proudly representing an assembly of UK universities in the fair. So do watch out for us!

Apart from the fair, we will be welcoming several university representatives to our GEN offices throughout March. Here’s a confirmed list coming to join us. To get the latest updates on the events, you can browse our Events Calendar. Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to the respective universities and get to know more about studying with them.


with Ms Polly Lu
3rd MAR 1-3pm @ GEN KL










with Ms. Shu Zhang
5th MAR 12-2pm @ GEN KL
6th MAR 10am-12pm @ GEN PJ
10th MAR 10am-12pm @ GEN Hub Kuching


with Ms. Sioned Evans
5th MAR 12-2pm @ GEN Subang
6th MAR 10-12pm @ GEN KL
7th MAR 12.30-2.30pm @ GEN PJ








with Mr. David Lightfood & Ms Joanne Chong
6th MAR 2.30 -4.30pm @ GEN KL







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with Ms Vanessa Koloko
6th MAR 3-5pm @ GEN Subang
10th MAR 10am-12pm @ GEN KL














with Mr. David Evans
10th MAR 10am-12pm @ GEN PJ
11th MAR 11am-1pm @ GEN Subang

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with Mr. Tom Allardyce & Ms Candice Hoo
7th MAR 11am-1pm @ GEN KL


with Ms Sue Hopkinson
5th MAR 9.30-10.30am @ GEN KL


with Ms Elaine Koh
11 MAR 10.30-11.30 am @ GEN KL


with Ms Lauren Murphy & Mr Jim Myton
11 MAR 4-6pm @ GEN KL






with Mr John Hall & Mr Cal Choong
13 MAR 10-11.45am @ GEN Subang


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with Mr. Sanil Haria
18th MAR 4-6pm @ GEN KL


with Mr Jonathan Saw
19th MAR 11am-1pm @ GEN KL
20th MAR 2-4pm @ GEN Subang
3rd APR 3pm-4pm @ GEN PJ



with Ms Sofia Lam
31st MAR 10am-12pm @ GEN Hub Kuching











with Ms Lydia Wakefield
7th MAR 12.30-1.30pm @ GEN KL




Project Launching of GEN Education Hub @ Kuching

Our tag line says it all: Beyond Education. We are moving towards this with the launch of an education hub.

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The external outlook of GEN Education Hub, Kuching










GEN Education Hub is an integrated one-stop tertiary education information centre where students and parents alike can find all information they need to know about further and higher education. In one place. On a daily basis. So, just imagine an education fair that you can visit on any day that you want.


As a specialty centre, GEN Education Hub will bring together more than 300 local and foreign institutions from the major study destinations under one roof. This will include UK, USA, Australia, NZ, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Korea and Taiwan universities and institutes. The idea is for the hub to serve as a one-stop platform for searching and comparing higher education institutes in terms of programmes, costs, campuses, facilities and graduate opportunities. Apart from the conventional services, the Hub will also offer various edutainment facilities, such as course library, digital experience hub, cafe, bookstores, seminar rooms and travel agencies.


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GEN will also be providing the ever professional student services in the following areas: course and career counselling, study abroad advice, student visa application as well as universities & colleges admissions.

The public can expect a range of daily educational events and seminars that will be hosted at GEN Education Hub. Academic-based competitions, Student Apprentice Programme, Career Seminars, Industrial Talks and Language classes can be expected to make your visit worthwhile.


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The first ever GEN Education Hub is located at the Borneo House in 7th Mile City (Kota Sentosa), Kuching. Based in the capital and the most populous city of Sarawak, Malaysia,the Education Hub will be catering the services to more than 50 secondary schools and 20 public and private universities and colleges. With a total built-up area of over 70,000 square feet, the Hub is aimed to be an unprejudiced tertiery education information centre for all students.












The GEN Education Hub started with a soft launch on 16th Feb 2014, with the likes of Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, Lo Khere Chiang, GEN group CEO and founder Dato’ Joseph Hii, GEN Education Sabah executive director Prof. Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong, GEN associate partner Chai Foh Chin and Canon Marketing Malaysia Director of ICP, Donny Ling attending the event.










The launch of the hub project also saw the start of collaboration between GEN and Canon Malaysia. The Canon EOS Photography Academy will be set up in the hub, providing various photography workshops and activities. In addition, an Art Gallery by Prof Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong is being inaugurated during the launch. The crowd was treated with a live artwork exhibition by Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong.

GEN Hub Op Ceremonies

(Left) Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong displaying live artwork in conjunction to the Art Gallery opening; (Right) A collaboration agreement ceremony between Canon and GEN, signed by Dato’ Joseph Hii (right) and Donny Ling of Canon Marketing Malaysia (left), witnessed by Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang.











With the project launching of GEN Education Hub, GEN Education is looking forward to cater to East Malaysia with the same passion in education counselling and student services.


Asking For Feedback During University Studies

Asking For Feedback During University Studies

Getting feedback from others, be it classmates, lecturers or tutors, can be a rewarding experience to your personal development and growth. There’s the generalisation that we, Malaysian (and mostly Asian) students tend to hold back when it comes to asking for feedback. It tends to be the reality as we are, sadly, not schooled to be vocal and responsive.

So how do we get the best out of the usage of feedback in our university years?

Many universities have setup various feedback avenues for students. Be it online blackboards, emails, tutor meetings and seminars, students have ample opportunities to gain feedback from various sources.

Who to Ask For Feedback?

Lecturer – Usually, the first point of feedback should be the lecturer responsible for your course module. Setup a meeting with him/her to discuss feedback. It can be about your progress so far, assignments questions or module discussions.

Module Leader/Academic Adviser – There could be an alternative academic member of the staff assigned to assist with your module/course. Hence, you can ask for advice in regards to your academic progress and course.

Classmates/Students – A trusted friend/colleague can be a great assistance to your assignments. Sharing academic ideas is one way to gain feedback. Also, it’s great to have friends from other courses that may be able to give you a different and more objective perspectives.

How to Ask For Feedback

As mentioned, there are several ways of gaining feedback. Most academic staff have an open-door policy. If not, setup an appointment with the lecturer for a brief session.

Asking for feedback after classes or receiving your assignment results. It is beneficial to do so because things are still fresh in the mind and more constructive feedback can be given.

If there are times when academic staff is unavailable at their offices or you have quick questions, emails and calls (at appropriate times obviously) are good ways to get your doubts cleared quickly.

Ask without sounding like a challenge. Questions like “What did I do wrong?” won’t get you far as it sounds assertive. Instead, ask for tips/guideline on how you can better improve.

What to Ask For Feedback?

Ask how other people see us. It could be on how did you do in assignments/presentations. Observed behaviour (“you speak quite fast”) and impact you had on them (“it was great work that leads me to think otherwise about the subject.”) With that, you are able to make changes to your behaviour or approach towards the course subject and academic development as a whole.

Asking how you can improve. Apart from the observation, suggestions on how you can improve provides more constructive and wholesome feedback for your academic development. Not only the observer felt their feedback is valued, you get tips on how to change your approach.

Reacting to Feedback

Listen carefully and attentively. Try not to interrupt when feedback is given. Use active listening to show that you are concentrating on the message and check your understanding with the person who is giving feedback.

Ask for improvements and device action plans to deal with it.

Do not focus on defending/explaining your motives to the person who is giving feedback. Counter-attacking feedback creates unwillingness for others to provide you with honest assessments.

Depending on reactions, you should have an appropriate response to the feedback given. Accept and appreciate praises. Acknowledge criticism with preparation to make improvements. Give an honest assessment on yourself if the other person asked what do you think about their feedback. Lastly, be graceful with the person who declined to give you feedback.



New Logo, New Dynamics

It has been an enterprising two years for GEN. Upon the dynamic development and phenomenal growth, GEN is currently reorganised as GEN Education Group, which compromised of several operating companies, featuring GEN Education Malaysia, GEN Education Asia, GEN Education Hub and ASEAN-MBA.

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With the tremendous expansion in place, a new corporate brand logo is being introduced. Coupled with the brand-new tagline “Beyond Education”, GEN aimed at strengthening our corporate brand in accordance to the new GEN group structure. The updated brand identity symbolizes our endeavours for continual growth and unbending commitment to ensure everyone has access to world-class educational opportunities.

GEN Brand





The new logo continues to use the colour green as the corporate colour, a symbol of our established brand identity. The logo will be utilised in all of GEN’s marketing collateral, facilities and services. It thus conveys a cohesive image of our company in serving our clients and customers with the same enthusiasm that we have been providing so far.

Also, stay tune for further changes for our websites and social media applications!


Australian Maritime College (AMC) @ UTAS

If you are keen in making a difference to the marine environments, captaining a large vessel, ship designing or maintaining the moving of goods, look no further than studying at the renowned Australia Maritime College (AMC).








AMC is Australia’s national institute for maritime and related education, training and research. It is one of the seven founding members of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), which has a global network and representation across five continents. The institute is part of the  University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia, one of the original ‘sandstone’ universities founded in 1890.


AMC’s Nenwham Campus








AMC consists of two campuses, Newnham and Beauty Point campus. Both are located on the banks of the beautiful Tamar River in the island state of Tasmania. The Newnham campus is 6km away from Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston. It holds several leading-edge facilities such as the Centre for Maritime Simulations, Towing Tank, Model Test Basin, Emergency Response Centre and Aquaculture Centre and Cavitation Research Laboratory.

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AMC Nenwham Campus Facilities (From left clock-wise): Centre for Maritime Simulations, Emergency Response Centre, Marine Environment Facilities and Cavitation Research Laboratory









The Beauty Point campus houses the pre-sea program for the National Centre for Ports and Shipping, as well as AMC’s training vessels. Facilities at Beauty Point includes Circulating Water Channel, Seafood Lab and Microbiology and Chemistry Lab.


The training vessels fleet awaiting at Beauty Point campus







The institute offers a wide range of courses from undergraduate studies to postgraduate degrees and research. These include Maritime Engineering (Marine & Offshore Systems, Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture), Marine Environment (Conservation, Aquaculture and Fisheries Management), Seafaring and Logistics Management.

AMC prides itself in its graduate high employment rate and industry links. AMC alumni is spread across 56 countries. Links with the marine industry and governments around the world provides a vast platform for graduates to choose suitable career opportunities as well as research areas they are interested in.


Meet Dr Stephen Cahoon & Dr Cheslav Balash this coming information session at GEN Subang Jaya









To know more about studying in AMC @ UTAS, drop by at GEN Subang Jaya (map) to have a chat with Dr Stephen Cahoon, Head of Department of Maritime & Logistics Management and Dr Cheslav Balash, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. The event will be on 7th December 2013 (Saturday), 10am to 12pm.



Institute Profile: University of Winchester

Institute Profile: University of Winchester

Established in 1840 as the Winchester Diocesan Training School, the university have come a long way to hold the current university status. The college was renamed King Alfred’s College in 1928, and is famous for their training of teachers. Interdisciplinary degrees in various fields are since offered since the 1970s and by 2004, the college changed its name to University College Winchester and then in 2005 The University of Winchester. The university was granted Research Degree Awarding Powers in August 2008.






The current university structure consists of four faculties, which include Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business, Law & Sport (which includes the Winchester Business School), Faculty of Education, Health & Social Care and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The university currently hold around 7000 students, with international students taking 7% of the overall student numbers. University of Winchester have been on the up as they climbed 24 places in the Sunday Times League Table 2014 to 57th. It also climbed 7 places to 69th in the Complete University Guide 2014.


The main building at King Alfred’s campus, University of Winchester











Located in the former capital city of England, Winchester and its surrounding area, University of Winchester provides a compact yet lively historic city feel. Renowned for its ancient history, Winchester is known for its cathedral and high quality of life.  The city is being award the Purple Flag for safe and entertaining night time economy, hence students can be assured that they will have a great night out. The city is also near to the current capital, London, which is one hour away by train.


From left clock-wise: Winchester aerial view, Winchester Cathedral, and the High Street










The university has 2 campuses. The King Alfred campus is located in South Downs, within walking distance to the historic cathedral city. The West Down campus is a short walk away from the King Alfred campus. Winchester Business School and West Downs Student Village, The Link Gallery, Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre is based in the West Downs campus.

Major redevelopment has been ongoing since receiving its university status. The modern and grand University Centre was completed in 2007, which includes the new Student Union, catering facilities, bookshop and a Learning Cafe. The university’s sports grounds at Bar End was also completed via Sport England’s funding for the project. It includes an Olympic standard 400m eight lane athletics track with supporting field events, hockey and general pitch. New teaching blocks and spaces has been added in 2012 to accommodate more students. The university library also see expansion with 6 new private study rooms in 2012. In 2013, Burma Road Student Village was completed and provided another option for students to stay in.

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From left clock-wise: The university canteen/food hall, panaroma view of the King Alfred main campus, the University Centre, & one of the student villages.












If you are interested to know more about studying in the University of Winchester, GEN is proud to welcome Mr Jamie Simpson, International Student Recruitment Officer at various GEN offices to talk to students. The information and interview sessions are as below:

GEN PJ (Jaya One) – 10 Dec 2013 – 10am to 12pm

GEN KL (Wisma MCA) – 11 Dec 2013 – 10am to 12pm

GEN Subang (Corporate Tower) – 12 Dec 2013 – 1oam to 12pm


GEN Collaboration with Sabah Institute of Art (SIA)

Bigger Step for GEN Education in East Malaysia: GEN Education Group is moving further to penetrating into East Malaysia, by officiating a collaborative agreement with Sabah Institute of Art (SIA).











The Agreement signing ceremony was held in conjunction with GEN’s Annual Dinner 2013 on the 8th of November at Grand Millennium Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Dato’ Joseph Hii, GEN’s Founder & Group CEO; and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong, the President of SIA, are the signatories for the Agreement. The simple yet significant ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Simon Cleaver and Mr. Nick Chin, the Executive Chairman and Director of Finance & Operations of GEN. Senior members and key affiliates of GEN also attended the Ceremony.


Prof Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong, president of SIA (second left) shaking hands with Dato’ Joseph Hii, CEO of GEN Group. The collaboration agreement is witnessed by Mr Simon Cleaver, Executive Chairman of GEN (far right) and Mr. Nick Chin, Director of Finance & Operations of GEN













The Agreement signing ceremony was held in conjunction with GEN’s Annual Dinner 2013 on the 8th of November at Grand Millennium Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Dato’ Joseph Hii, GEN’s Founder & Group CEO; and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Wilson Yong, the President of SIA, are the signatories for the Agreement. The simple yet significant ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Simon Cleaver and Mr. Nick Chin, the Executive Chairman and Director of Finance & Operations of GEN. Senior members and key affiliates of GEN also attended the Ceremony.






About Sabah Institute of Art (SIA)

Established in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in 1990, SIA have been renowned for being an established institution of higher learning specialized in Design & Music. Initially offering only Diploma in Interior Design, SIA has now expanded its curriculum to Graphic Design, Architecture Design, Fashion Design as well as Music Studies. Among their achievements to date are: awarded with the NAPEI Education Excellence Award in 2006 in the small-size institution category by the National Association of Private Education Institutions (NAPEI), and the Asia Pacific e-Entrepreneur Excellence Award in 2003 for excellent leadership.

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment @ RGU

It’s been exactly 100 years since the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment was being professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Since 1913, the Scottish Architecture School, which forms a part of Robert Gordon University (RGU) has gone from strength to strength, with significant contribution to the regeneration of the city of Aberdeen, national and international profession building through the annual “Big Crit” event and continuous appointment of talented practitioners. The development of the school is achieved via  a wide rage of subjects both in Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in architecture, construction design, surveying and project management.

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The Scott Sutherland Building










Providing a conducive collegiate atmosphere for students and staff, the school has always emphasise on having the best facilities to accommodate such environment. Purpose-built studio spaces, IT suites and environmental and materials laboratories are parts of the state-of-the-art facilities that have been provided. Other facilities include a hand-tool workshop as well as a university library that offers easy access to collections of literature related to architecture and built environment.

Arch Workshop

Architecture Construction and Surveying workshop










RGU maintain a proven track-record of producing skilled, employable graduates as proven by the 97.7% of first-time graduates employed after 6 months. In addition, RGU’s architecture and building is ranked 17th and 8th repectively in the UK in the Times 2014 rankings guide.


Professor David McClean, Head of Scott Sutherland School of Architecture











To find out more about the Scott Suther land School of Architecture and Built Environment, meet Professor David McClean, Head of Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Malaysia. Professor McClean will be in Hilton Hotel KL Sentral to have chats with students who are passionate about architecture and built environment courses. Details as below:

Date: 7 November 2013 (Thursday)

Time: 7 – 8.30pm

Location: Suite 3, Level 7, Hilton Hotel KL Sentral, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In addition, there will be a follow-up interview and information session at GEN KL (Wisma MCA). Details as below:

Date 11 November 2013 (Monday)

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Unit 16.03, 16th Floor, Wisma MCA, 163, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We hope to see you there!